April 20, 2007

Huh, Big Lizards Wins Again...

Hatched by Dafydd

...I knew joining the Watcher's Council was a clever idea!

Unaccustomed as I am to modesty, I humbly accept this signal honor. But weren't we supposed to get gold trophies, or an aquarium, or something?

The protocols of the learned elders of the Watcher's Council:

Wherein, we examined the phenomenon of the student victims at V Tech who did not fight back against the mass murderer, may his name be forever blotted out, and asked ourselves whether we have bred the capacity to fight out of a portion of the younger generation. (Obviously not out of other members of that same generation... those who chose to join up and head to Iraq.)

Naturally, I couldn't vote for myself. Not because of any natural disinclination to grub for any votes I could get, including my own, but because those are the rules. Otherwise, everybody would vote for his own, and we would have a 12-way tie every week. But the piece that I put as number one in fact came in at number 2 -- Media at Its Worst On Display at Virginia Tech, by Cheat Seeking Missiles... which is about exactly what the title implies.

Among the laity:

In which Wretchard suggests that those who enable the terrorists by blurring all distinctions between right and wrong -- the Ward Churchills with their snide accusations about "Little Eichmanns" -- are perhaps worse than the terrorists themselves, who at least have strong opinions about right and wrong (however evil those opinions are). This is the piece I picked as number one in this category, putting it even ahead of my own nomination, And Yet There Are Heroes, by the Remedy.

Actually, it's very interesting to read these four pieces back to back: The two winners deal with blaming the victims, to some extent; but mine blames them for not fighting back, while Wretchard's villainous enablers blame the victims because the enablers have identified with the enemy.

And the other two cover peripheral yet fascinating issues surrounding the shooting.

As we always announce, all of the nominations that actually received votes can be found at Weaselpalooza!

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, April 20, 2007, at the time of 10:16 AM

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The following hissed in response by: Fritz

Congratulations Dafydd. Your "Fighting Back Was Not An Option, Part Two," was an excellent post and worthy of recognition. And after looking over most of the others, I agree that it deserved receiving the votes that it did. Keep up the good work.

The above hissed in response by: Fritz [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 21, 2007 2:00 AM

The following hissed in response by: Eilish

Congratulations Dafydd, it was a great post and an interesting comments thread as well.

The above hissed in response by: Eilish [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 23, 2007 1:55 PM

The following hissed in response by: nk

If frontpagemag.com is considered a blog then then this article about Nikki Giovanni is worth considering.

The above hissed in response by: nk [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 26, 2007 10:59 AM

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